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May 22, 2013

May 22, 2013: Letters to the editor

Servicemen enemies of U.S. Constitution?

One of the enduring features of our constitutional republic is the right of its citizens to know what their government is doing. The current administration has decided to develop new policies on religious tolerance in the military.

To help shape these policies, Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, has been appointed as a consultant to the Pentagon. Citing support for Lt. Col. Jack Rich, an Army officer who wrote to subordinate officers that soldiers who hold traditional Christian beliefs are incompatible with Army values and should be carefully watched and excluded from military service, Mr. Weinstein has added, “We must vigorously support the continuing efforts to expose pathologically anti-gay, Islamaphobic, and rabidly intolerant agitators for what they are: diehard enemies of the United States Constitution. Monsters, one and all. To do anything less would be to roll out a red carpet to those who would usher in a blood-drenched, draconian era of persecutions, nationalistic militarism, and superstitious theocracy.”

This is merely one sample of his personal attitude toward Christians. According to the few sources reporting on this radical activity, Mr. Weinstein advocates punishment, up to and including court-martial, for military personnel who share their Christian faith and beliefs with others.

As far as Mr. Weinstein and other board members of his organization are concerned, your husbands, wives, sons and daughters, and every other family member serving proudly and valiantly in our armed forces are “diehard enemies of the United States Constitution” if they give expression to their traditional Christian beliefs.

Is persecution of some of our nation’s most valiant patriots really the direction that we want our government leaders to pursue?

Charles A. Layne

Bunker Hill

Who benefits most from wind turbines?

The Institute for Energy Research just published a list of government-subsidized companies that receive, on average, $11 million for each job created. The Department of Energy (DOE) quietly updated loan guarantee projects on its website; no press conferences to draw attention to its risky green energy record.

Subsidizing renewable energy is a bad deal — for everyone but Big Wind companies and leaseholders. Wind and solar power, for which the majority of the tax preferences for renewable energy were directed, produced just 3.6 percent of the nation’s electric power in 2012. In addition, the Treasury Department’s 1603 grant program, which offers cash payments to renewable energy companies, cost taxpayers $5.8 billion in 2012.

Let’s talk about job creation. E.ON stated in its economic development agreement with Howard County that the project will create “approximately 6 to 8 permanent jobs.” That’s with phases 2 and 3.

Kahuka Wind Power (First Wind) has received $117 million in loan guarantees and created 10 permanent jobs; Granite Reliable got $168.9 million for 6 jobs; Shepherds Flat Wind Farm, in Oregon, went on line in September 2012, received $1.3 billion and created 35 jobs! It’s one of the world’s largest land-based wind installations! Read it for yourself at instituteforenergyresearch.org.

Much more information is available at easternhowardwind.com. Now who do you think benefits most from wind “farms”?

Jeff Cox

Greentown

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